The Minister for Communications Ursula Owusu- Ekuful has encouraged girls in Ghana’s basic schools to be passionate and take advantage of the opportunities that the Information, Communications and technology (ICT) world offers people, globally.
She argued that with the desire and determination, young girls in Ghana can hive opportunities in ICT and even create jobs for themselves, provided they remained focused in their studies.
“There are huge opportunities and even those who are already employed are upgrading themselves. There are opportunities Africa can take advantage of and feed the rest of the world with the skills because we have a youthful population under 45 years. Very soon, the world will rely on Africa for employment and with the necessary skills, we can do it.” Mrs Owusu-Ekuful added.
She said Tuesday at the opening of a mentorship workshop as part of the Second National Girls in ICT Day themed ‘ Expand horizons, change attitudes’ organised by the Ministry of Communications together with the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC)with support from the International Telecommunications Union(ITU), National Communications Authority (NCA )and the Western Regional Coordinating Council (RCCC) in Takoradi.
Mrs Ursula Owusu- Ekuful said the ministry together with the Ministry of Education would provide ICT labs for schools in Ghana.
“The ICT sector is vibrant, exciting and booming. Don’t lose focus; there are more opportunities. Stand on the shoulders of the mentors, today, so that you can see afar and achieve more than they have been able to do. Just develop the passion and excel and you can do it.” She again assured the girls.
The Metropolitan Education Director of Sekondi –Takoradi, Rev Mrs Elizabeth Akuoko, was happy about the programme, which she also believed would promote the teaching and learning of ICT and also create more and varied opportunities for girls in the technologically changing world.
ICT, she added, was the key driver of development world wide and also for women empowerment and economic development including every aspect of human life.
Mrs Akuoko advised the participants to take their studies seriously and excel in their studies.